Normally, it takes less than a minute for my XP system to get to the password screen. Every once in a while it takes a good 6-7 minutes for it to get that far. I just shutdown, at some point an error message comes up (I'll have to try and remember what it is for future reference), and then I reboot with everything being fine. It seems to happen the first time I boot my computer after midnight, but that could be my imagination. I'm running Norton 360, with all the updates, and I've run the program several times so I'm fairly sure it isn't a virus or spyware. I hope. Any suggestions? Other than lighting my computer on fire and dancing around it in a loincloth.